Harper Court Fines 7 University Students for Character Assassination

HARPER, Maryland – The Harper Magisterial Court has fined seven students of the William V. S. Tubman University, for allegedly branding two other students as people living with HIV.

Joanna Bazzie and Alicia Harris sued their fellow students for assassinating their reputation on social media.

The accused students included Gabriel Harris, Odakor Nah, Eric Wonsiah, Abel Teewon, Redeemer Wonsiah, Raymond Summic, and Aaron Massaquoi. The lawsuit was filed on April 16, 2018.

Both Bazzie and Harris, in separate lawsuits, claimed that the actions of their colleagues left a negative impact on their reputations.

The two complainants, according to the report, vowed to follow the case to the end, as a deterrent to avoid further denigration to their personalities.

The defendants were initially released on bail after a professor of the university, John Dioh Kimber, filed a bond on their behalf.

During the hearing in court on May 2, the presiding judge of the Harper Magisterial Court, Dweh T. Morgan, fined the defendants US$50 each. He said while the crimes committed by the seven defendants were worth four months’ imprisonment in addition to a fine, he decided to be lenient.

“The court fined them because they are all students who are about to write their examinations,” Morgan told The Bush Chicken.

He reminded the students not to engage in lawless acts as the court would not be lenient in the future.

Featured photo by Franklin Neyahlor

Franklin Nehyalor

Franklin has been a reporter, presenter, and producer at Radio Nimba in Sanniquellie since 1997, later serving as the station's deputy news director. Franklin is also the official spokesperson for the Nimba Community Radio Association and the secretary general for the Nimba Health Reporters Network.

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